Discarded Lobster, Wine Bottle Cause Hazmat Scare

Bucket reported as 'suspicious package.'

Update - A container left on the steps of a physical therapy office that set off a hazmat scare Tuesday afternoon in Southampton Village turned out to just be someone's discarded lobster dinner leftovers and an empty bottle of French wine.

Det. Sgt. Herman Lamison said that police were called at 3:03 p.m. by an employee of a physical therapy office about a suspicious package first noticed in the office steps at about 7 a.m.

Chief Rodney "Chip" Pierson said that police called in the fire chiefs to investigate the package — a metal bucket in a white garbage bag

When the fire chiefs arrived, they decided to call in fire marshals for a second opinion, Pierson said, and ultimately the decision was made to call in the Southampton Town Hazmat Team.

The parking lot, which is shared by office and on Jagger Lane and Main Street, was partially closed.

Southampton Village Fire Marshal Dean McNamara and Southampton Town Fire Marshal John Rankin donned hazmat suits and investigated. After removing the lid to the bucket around 4:50 p.m., they found the garbage.

The parking lot was reopened and the office employees discarded the bucket and its contents in a dumpster.

Initial Story:

Emergency responders are gathered in the parking lot shared by Waldbaum's and Manual & Sports Physical Therapy in Southampton Village following a reporting of a suspicious package.

Roads remain open.

Ralebird September 04, 2012 at 09:27 PM
What brand of champagne?
Jaguar-Guy September 05, 2012 at 12:32 AM
Nice to meet you Brendan. Thank you for all your coverage of all stories East. JG
Jerry Can September 05, 2012 at 02:23 AM
I'm sure the Village will now want to ban metal cans too ...
Brendan J. O'Reilly (Editor) September 05, 2012 at 03:51 AM
Good running into you today. Thanks for reading.
Barbara Goldowsky September 05, 2012 at 12:41 PM
This is one of those "only in the Hamptons" stories. People can afford lobster and champagne but are too cheap to pay for proper disposal. Or are they so spoiled they expect the locals to pick up after them?
Hope and Change September 05, 2012 at 12:54 PM
your tax dollars at work. great work with that investigation and eventual solving of this critical and dangerous situation. I would like to thank the brave men and woman who rushed into action to protect us from the dangerous lobster dinner leftovers. there is no telling what would have happened if they didn't expend the thousands of dollars and disrupt the town creating their self important spectacle. we are forever in your debt. great job!
fmd September 05, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Southampton has a hazmat team? Quick, somebody needlepoint that on a pillow.
Jerry Can September 05, 2012 at 02:26 PM
You hit that nail on the head?
Jerry Can September 05, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Well, it was a good training exercise.
Jerry Can September 05, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Brendan J. O'Reilly (Editor) September 05, 2012 at 02:37 PM
The police put out a press release this morning and said the bottle in question was regular wine — not Champagne. I have updated the story to reflect that.
Jerry Can September 05, 2012 at 03:07 PM
They did not say whether the litterbugs left their credit card receipt in the can? Love to see the village send them the bill for the whole episode.
Ralebird September 05, 2012 at 05:38 PM
I guess that shows how bad the economy has slumped. What's wrong with these classless dilettantes?
Jaguar-Guy September 05, 2012 at 05:59 PM
The story is about the "out-of-towners" who inconsiderately toss their garbage out anywhere. Drive by the Dump on Majors Path Tuesday am, and there were PILES of garbage thrown there by people who didn't have the time to dispose of their party remnants properly, and we pay the price for their selfishness. The lobster fools are laughing at the money they cost the town and the tax-payers - us.
Ralebird September 05, 2012 at 06:02 PM
You are such a humorless one-track individual - you need to get out more often. "Let them drink tea!"
Jaguar-Guy September 05, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Yes, Obama's slumping economy good point gj. Maybe it was Cham-pipple (Fred G. Sanford)?
Jaguar-Guy September 05, 2012 at 06:04 PM
THAT would be a beautiful thing Jerry C. Good one !!
Barbara Goldowsky September 05, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Wonder if the establishment that sold them the lobster bucket would have a record so these careless folks could be traced and charged. Excellent idea to make them pay, but probably an impossible dream.
Shelley Bennett September 05, 2012 at 08:31 PM
It's a shame that we as a society have to be that skeptical of a bucket of trash. But with all the craziness in this world today, I believe that Chief Pierson did the right thing to protect the public's safety. Thank you for caring Chief!
Laurie Downs September 09, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Lobster..no more Lobster for you.....
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